7 Fun Facts About Our Favorite Cocktail- The Margarita!

When you are thirsty for the best margaritas at the Lake of the Ozarks, your search is bound to lead you to Mexicali Blues in Osage Beach! Not only will you find the most amazing classic margarita you've ever tasted, but we've also got a big menu full of different versions of this delicious drink to tempt your taste buds with. 

Since everyone seems to have so much fun when they visit our Lake of the Ozarks Mexican restaurant and share a margarita or two with friends, today we've come up with 7 margarita fun facts for you to enjoy. The next time you join the gang for cocktails, you can impress them with your new knowledge! 

  • Stories vary when it comes to the creator of the first margarita, but two of those tales involve the cocktail being named after a girl; an American socialite, Margarita Sames, or a showgirl in Tijuana, Marjorie King. (Margarita is a Spanish version of the name Margaret, which Marjorie derives from.) 
  • In 1945 the first importer of Jose Cuervo to the United States sold it with the tagline "Margarita: it's more than a girl's name." 
  • A very similar recipe was found in a 1937 book of cocktails. It was called a Picador, which is also the what you call a certain type of bullfighter. 
  • The Spanish word margarita actually means daisy in English. Oddly enough, there is an old prohibition drink called the Daisy with a very similar recipe using a base spirit, sugar, and a sour. 
  •  A Slurpee machine was the inspiration for the first frozen margarita machine made in 1971. After seeing one in a 7-Eleven, Mariano Martinez creatively took a soft-serve ice cream machine and transformed it so that it would serve up the frozen cocktail. This was much faster than using a blender, plus the drink stayed frozen longer. 
  • The United States is the #1 tequila market, larger even than Mexico! 
  • Leave it to a state fair to figure out a way to fry a margarita! Someone at the Texas State Fair put funnel cake batter through a margarita machine, fried it, and then soaked it in more margarita! That amazing concoction was topped with whipped cream and served in a glass rimmed in salt. (Yes please!) 

The original recipe for the margarita is a simple one, containing only tequila, triple sec, and lime. While that classic is delicious and has stood the test of time, today you can find many delicious variations of this incredible cocktail. 

For instance, Mexicali Blues offers 13 margaritas on our cocktail menu, plus 9 different frozen flavors, and you never know when one of our talented bartenders will come up with an incredible new one! Here is a list to work up your thirst. 

Flavored Frozen Margaritas
Dreamsicle, Strawberry, Raspberry, Peach, Banana, Mango, Pomegranate, Watermelon, and Coconut!

All of the flavors above can be served non-alcoholic upon request, and all except for the coconut can be made on the rocks. 

Cadillac Margarita
Sauza Conmemorativo Tequila, Grand Marnier, sour, and a splash of OJ

Cuervo Margarita
Jose Cuervo Tequila, Triple Sec, and sour

Gold Margarita
Sauza Gold Tequila, DeKuyper Triple Sec, and sour

Bikini Margarita
100% Jose Cuervo Tradicional Silver Tequila & zero-colorie Cuervo Light Margarita Mix

Blackjack Margarita
Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Triple Sec, Raspberry Liqueur, and sour

3 G's Margarita
Sauza Tres Generaciones Plata Tequila, Tuaca, and sour

Milagro Freshest Margarita
Milagro Silver Tequila, agave nectar, water, and 1 whole freshly squeezed lime. The calorie count is under 200!

Wow Man, Strawberry & Mango Margarita with a float of DeKuyper Blue Curacao

Paloma Margarita
Sauza Hornitos Lime Shot Tequila wiht San Pellegrino Pompelmo (a natural grapefruit soda)

Blue Devil Margarita
Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, DeKuyper 03 Premium Orange Liqueur, Blue Curacao, and sour

Cowboy Margarita
Jim Beam Bourbon, Sweet Tea, & Frozen Margarita - Unbelievably delicious!

Caribbean Breeze
Sauza Gold Tequila, Cruzan Estate Light Rum, Blue Curacao, Midori, sour, and OJ

Bacardi O, Grand Marnier, OJ, sour, mango, and a splash of Rose's Grenadine

Yard Margarita
24-oz. souvenir yard cup filled with our house margarita

Now that we've got you good and thirsty, head on over to your favorite Mexican restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks and get yourself one of these amazing margaritas! If you join us between 4-6 pm Tusday-Friday, you can even get them at a special Happy Hour price. We'll expect to see you soon!  

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